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Candace Parker puts family first in the Lakers-Celtics series

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Sparks guard Candace Parker has been through this exercise many times already. She weighed family loyalties when Cleveland and Boston met in the Eastern Conference semifinals because her brother, Anthony Parker, plays for the Cavaliers while her husband, Shelden Williams, plays for the Celtics. The Naperville, Ill., native holds her hometown loyalties to the Chicago Bulls higher than her local connection to the Lakers. And when the Celtics meet the Lakers in the NBA Finals, which begin Thursday night, Parker makes no bones about it that her interest is in Williams' success.

"Obviously I'm going to be supporting my husband, but I'm glad and happy that the Lakers made the Finals," said Parker, who plans to attend Game 2. "I'm not going to wear green to the game, but my heart is with Boston."

Parker talked with me at a recent practice about the series itself and what to expect in Game 1.

On what it was like watching Cleveland play Boston

"It's tough. But I was excited that they were in that position, because it was exciting for our family that we have two players on the some of the best teams in the NBA playing against each other. Unfortunately, one of them has to lose. I'm excited that Boston is in the Finals and has the opportunity to win a championship. They didn't say much. They played each so many times, but obviously this had a little bit of a more significant to it. We went out to dinner before every game and hung out. It was business on the court, but after that, it was all fun. No trash talk."

On which NBA players Parker models her game after

"I think watching Boston this past year, I've had a real respect for Kevin Garnett and watching how hard he plays and seeing how great of a teammate he is. He does so much on the court. I admired him so much when I was younger and how he could play and how athletic he was being a seven-footer who could handle the ball. I think in some ways I've modeled my game after him. Game-wise, I'm more similar to Lamar Odom, a slasher, getting to the basket and knocking down open jump shots. I like his game. Obviously, I follow Derek Fisher and his career. Everybody's a Kobe fan. I like Pau Gasol's footwork."

On how Parker thinks the NBA Finals will turn out

"It's going to be a tough series. I have to see Game 1. Game 1 will tell me about the series. With the way Boston is playing now, I feel like if they steal one of the games against the Lakers on their home court, I feel like Boston will win the series. The only problem, Boston doesn't necessarily play at home. They always play well on the road. That can be an advantage and a disadvantage, but I think the statistics say 76% of the home teams in the NBA Finals win the series. It's going to be a challenge for Boston to win, but I think they're capable of doing it. I've been following both teams all year. I think it's going to be a fantastic series. I've gotten to know them very well over the last year, and they've done a good job in making us feel welcome."

On what Parker is looking for in Game 1

"I think it's going to be interesting to see how the Lakers attack Boston's half-court defense. The Lakers aren't necessarily a big transition team. They're more of a half-court set team, and Boston has the best half-court set defense in the NBA, as it was shown against Orlando. I think that's going to be a telltale sign if the Lakers can get out in transition and make some buckets before Boston's defense sets up. Pau Gasol has grown as a player since the last time the Lakers and Celtics played each other [in the 2008 Finals]. KG and Kendrick got in his head last time. Andrew Bynum's knee will play a huge factor because it will affect the amount of bigs the Lakers can throw at people. KG matched up with Rashard Lewis last time better than I expected, so I think he'll match up with Lamar Odom at the 4 position, so I think Bynum definitely gives them an advantage. There's going to be a lot I look for, but I see it being a good series."

Williams gave his take on how Candace weighs the family and team loyalties:

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Photo: Sparks forward Candace Parker joined teammate Lisa Leslie as the only WNBA players to dunk in a game when she finished off this play late in a game in 2008. Credit: Gus Ruelas / Associated Press

 
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If the Lakers win game one, the Lakers will win the series in 5 games.

If they Lakers lose game one, the Lakers will lose the series in 6 games.

It's all about game one. Simple as that.

Nah, I think we'll win the series regardless...

GO LAKERS!!!!!!

LOL Tom, welcome to the Lakersblog, are you new here?

Posted by: #4 | June 03, 2010 at 01:06 PM


#4

I am not new here.I pick the Lakers in 6

Lakers in 6 if we win the first two.In 7 if we split first home series.

LOL Tom, welcome to the Lakersblog, are you new here?

Posted by: #4 | June 03, 2010 at 01:06 PM

#4
I ve been strolling this blog for 5 years .

Thanks Tom....maybe I misread your calling Lakerblog camraderie "fake"?

Jon K - Congrats on your new job. I hope you enjoy coming to L.A.

MM

@Jon K

I've been absentee, but saw a "Thank God Jon K, what's your itinerary." post and am wondering if you'll be in the LA area for a time? If so, WELCOME TO CALIFORNEEE!


If you're staying the Long Beach area, hit me up on the Blog or facebook we can totally drink beers and stuff.


Beeeeeeeeeeeeeeer.

Shekden Williams is still in the league? Remember when some folks 'round here wanted to get Shelden Williams to add 'toughness'. He's about as tough as a chocolate eclaire.

Mmmm, Eclaaaaaaaaaaiiiiiiiiiirrrrre.

THE QUESTION I WANT TO ASK LAKERS: "How did they shut you down in game 6 and what will you do to counteract that happening again?"

MOST INSIGHTFUL COMMENT: This series isn't only about this series. If we lose this one the weak label will go to our hearts and it will be very hard - mentally - for us to win a Final in the coming years. If we win we'll set the tone for a potential dynasty for years to come.

GOOOOoooOOOOO LAKERS !!!!

Jamie, I think he actually had a tryout with us a year or 2 ago, but the Lakers didn't want him.

Sorry Ms Parker.. for a WNBA chick, I used to think you were pretty cute.. Now?? not so much.. you go right ahead and root for your hubby.. the more the merrier.. it just means I have more people to gloat to when we WIN !!! GO LAKERS ~~~~~~

Thanks Tom....maybe I misread your calling Lakerblog camraderie "fake"?

Posted by: #4 | June 03, 2010 at 02:43 PM

#4
Lol, I was being (fake) sarcastic.

Only a few more hours until we..... RELEASE THE KRAKEN !!!!!!

Ha ha ha Its amazing how we are all freaking out and Jumping up and down about tonights game!

Almost no one is following or posting on the threads today!!!!

MM you can write a thread about let's say any Laker day to day problem and we will be all "yey" "Go Lakers!" "Hell to the Greenies!!"

Those feelings can't be can't be controlled!!

Angels vs Demons THE GAME!!


GO LAKERS!!!!

A entire thread on candace parker today?!
Now??

MM.. Huh?

Very well then...

Go lakers!


In all seriousness, who's Shelden Williams? Does he play in the NBA? I've never heard of the dude if not in relation to Candace Parker!

Funny thing, I was reading some of the reader comments from one of the greenie blogs, and they were claiming the refs are gonna help the Lakers win a game or two, but if it's called even there's no chance in hell the Purple and Gold win this thing.

To that I say:

WHAT KIND OF GREEN BEER FLAVORED CRACK ARE YOU SMOKING, YOU PALE, PASTY, BOSTON NEANDERTHALS SMOKING?

If the games were called even two years ago this would be the Lakers road to threepeat. I'd love nothing more than to see an evenly-officiated series. You know one where they call moving screens, hacks across the elbows when Rondo goes for steals behind Pau's back, and blow a whistle when KB24 gets hit by everyone on the C's roster en route to the hole.

I hope you get your wish greenies, cuz an evenly officiated series spells Lakers in 4.

They're also worried about Perkins picking up another T and getting suspended. That UGLY #(*^ ought to be cited for indecent exposure just for showing his face in LA. I know he's average looking for a Bostonian, but here in the land of beautiful people, we just don't know how to react to that sort of atrociousness.

Candace as far as I'm concerned you root for anyone you want. Just so long as next season you give Lauren Jackson a smackdown!
Mamba24

Nearly 3 more hours to go and I have spent all day essentially incapacitated, checking the blog, but too incoherent to contribute much. This is torture. I will attempt some time in the gym, blasting MGMT, LCD Soundsystem and other new downloads, and then check the blog again every 3 minutes in my extreme OCD condition. Game Time, PLEASE!!!

NBA play-off advantage on average is worth +12 or above free-throws for home team.Imperative for Lakers to penetrate and don't settle for the 3 point shot .

@#4


I knew it was something like that, I just remember folks round the Blog throwing in their two cents.

Randy Newman called.

If 2010 is a repeat of 2008...he`ll change the lyrics to, "I Hate LA".

They should combine her DNA with Kobe's and engineer the best player ever

D" Day starts today in LA. The Leprechauns advances stop in Los Angeles. It is time to eliminate the image of 131-92 which is being replicated by a Boston fan living in LA. No more crying day because the day has come for our redemption. You've got Perkins, so what we don't need the ugly bear in the Lakers line up. Shout Laker Fans REPEAT and if it is green, flush it! LMAO!

This just in : Celtics sign "Dancing Barry" to a 10-day contract!!!

This just in : Celtics sign "Dancing Barry" to a 10-day contract!!! Posted by: RED`S LOVE CHILD | June 03, 2010 at 03:51 PM
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Damnit he said he wouldn't sign with Boston if we matched their offer. That ungrateful lil street urchin! Huh!
Mamba24

In all seriousness, who's Shelden Williams? Does he play in the NBA? I've never heard of the dude if not in relation to Candace Parker! Posted by: King Kobe | June 03, 2010 at 03:09 PM
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Who's Shelden Williams? He's the dude that's got Candace Parker, Thats who!

My gosh, the things that happen when I spend a day working!!

The Leprechaun trolls go crazy (one even starts drinking chie chie wines...what's up with that?),

Our best undercover agent finally gets an exit plan from behind enemy lines...Cheers on that Jon K!

Justa and Mamba start talking about virtual hitchings (are virtual shotguns involved?)

And some people have even gotten delusional enough to think that the Refs (Celtic's man 6, 7, and 8) are actually going to call an even game. Yeah right!

This is what happens when there is too much time between games. I shudder to think what it's going to be like after the victory parade down Figueroa. It's going to be an interesting July through October.

JR

Paraphrasing Gen Dwight Eisenhower message to the troops at the beach of Normandy, which I transposed to the Lakers, it says this way:

"You are about to embark upon a great crusade, toward which we have striven these many months. The eyes of the NBA world are upon you. The hopes and prayers of liberty loving people everywhere march with you. In company with our brave Lakers hall of famers living and dead, passionate Laker fans in arms locked with you. You will bring about the destruction of the Celtic heinous team, the elimination of Leprechaun domination over the oppressed teams of NBA, and security for ourselves in a free world by getting rid of the tricky, wily little dirty people."

Your task will not be an easy one. Your enemy is well trained, well equipped and battle hardened, he will fight savagely, cheats, intimidates, fights to their last blood. Let us defend our home turf at the Staples Center."

~~Isn't his words are typecast in describing the event tonight. it is the destruction of Celtic machinery composed of hodgepodge of mercenaries taken from other teams. Shelden and Nate are the latest recruits. Sorry guys, you joined the wrong team.

JR - HELL YEAH a virtual shotgun was involved. You don't think I'd be in this position voluntarily, do you???


LMAO!!!

Leave it to none other than...

Senator Edwin Gueco to quote Gen. Dwight Eisenhower prior to Game 1 !!!

Candace Williams.....nice looking gal, great ball player....poor eyesight!

Shelden Williams.....current holder of the Guinness Book of Records "World's largest forehead" record!

Paul Pierce comparing the two fanbases?

PUCK FALL PIERCE!!!

None of that peripheral stuff matters. The game is the thing!

GO LAKERS!!!!

All I want is a game winning series shot from Kobe Bryant.


Lakers Champions.

Tom, sorry man, my sarcasm filter was on. I thought someone had taken over your name. Lakers in 5.


You heard it hear first..Boston will have to win 2 games at Staples to win this series and I don't see it happening.Remember no home team has ever swept the middle 3 games.

Lakers win Game 1 and it's over..Lakers in 6 or 7.

yellofever - hey i'm just trying to bring a new angle to the table man. i thought what she said was pretty interesting

MM

Candace Parker Takes on The Guys
http://stacktv.stack.com/video.aspx?videoID=57951790001_563


She is my hero. Dunked twice in one game as a college freshmann


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